There is only one candidate that has held public office and has the experience of making public policy and wading through the many quirks of issues that will impact so many people.
That candidate is Walter Hawkins. He helps govern the Rialto Unified School District where the diversity of population and issues are similar to the state of California. With population growth brings traffic congestion, housing issues, crowed classrooms, business expansion, trained workforce issues, higher educational opportunities, law enforcement concerns and a host of other problems that will require the person to hit the ground running if you know what I mean. His involvement in the Inland Empire community and his career at Cal State San Bernardino gives him that edge other the other candidates seeking the office.
Walter worked hard over the past two decades to help the Inland Empire get its fair share of state and federal funds based on demographics not to mention the impact he had on the redrawing of redistricting boundaries after the 2000 census. If it had not been for Walter Hawkins the Black population of the Inland Empire would have been physically divided. We would not see one another at the polls on any election day.
It is not just important for us to know who we are but also where we are. His other strength comes from being director of the Upward Bound Program at Cal State San Bernardino where he helped recruit minority students to seek higher education. Our local school board members need someone in Sacramento who will understand educational issues in this high growth area.
The only one who comes close to being able to hit the ground running is David Roa Pruitt. His years with Senator Nell Soto as her Chief of Staff would give him a slight edge on having some interworkings of Sacramento, plus I worked with David on establishing the Inland Empire Small Business Financial Development Corporation headquartered in Ontario. It was his knowledge and the good reputation of Senator Nell Soto that we were able to secure this state funded program for counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. With some more direct involvement in our community David could be well suited for a representative position.
I am recommending Walter Hawkins for the 62nd Assembly District position.
Measure T San Bernardino City School Bond YES
Measure A Moreno Valley City School Bond YES
State Proposition 55 YES
State Proposition 56 NO
State Proposition 57 NO
State Proposition 58 NO
Danny Tillman for 5th District Supervisor YES
Walter Hawkins for 62nd Assembly District YES
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